Countdown to Confetti: Roundabout and Roundabout Additions

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Hi there! Today is the first day of sneaks for the upcoming MINI Reverse Confetti release that will be available tomorrow for purchase! It has two sets and two dies!  For personal reasons, I wasn’t able to create much for this release but I was able to play with the  stamp sets. I looked at the sets and just adored the big circle images with the sentiments engraved into the stamp. The stamp perfectly and smoothly.  I wanted to take the smaller circle dots from the set and create a bokeh look! So I watercolored the background with my Gansai watercolors and then took some white ink and the circle stamps and stamped over the top. Some I did double stamping, some I didn’t…. Then I layered the Birthday Wishes sentiment over the top and create two “tails” with the dashed lines stamps from both sets. So what do you think?

Be sure to check out the Reverse Confetti blog to links to the other designer’s projects…. Here’s a peek at the two sets releasing tomorrow.


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Essentials by Ellen Blog Hop PLUS GIVEAWAY AND VIDEO

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Welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Blog Hop! You should have arrived from the amazing Teri’s blog!  We’re so excited to unveil a brand new line of high quality Clear Stamp Sets and Designer Dies, designed by Julie Ebersole exclusively for Ellen Hutson LLC.  This collection reflects an eclectic mix of images, sentiments and art styles that are sure to appeal to a wide range of tastes!  Just in time for holiday crafting, the entire release is available NOW at Ellen Hutson LLC.

Let’s talk packaging real quick because this as cool as all get out.  Basically, no organization required because they did it all for you…  All Essentials by Ellen Stamp Sets and Dies arrive in our signature packaging pockets with a durable clear envelope and a labeled card stock backer for convenient storage and organization.  Our die packaging also features an attached magnetic sheet, to ensure that even the smallest of your dies is stored securely! Awesome right??? I’ve got a video below showcasing the ENTIRE RELEASE and the super cool packaging at the end of this post…

The fun all starts at the CLASSroom, where there is a GIANT prize package being given away—so be sure to leave a comment there by October 8th; winners will be announced October 9th!

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I’ve got a few projects to share with you today! I’ve gone nuts with this release! I locked myself in my craft room and just couldn’t stop. I’ve made 15 projects so far, lol! But today, I’ll do you and favor and just share a few 🙂 I’m supposed to share three, but I hope you don’t mind… I share six. I know, I’m a rule breaker! Don’t hate me!

  • First up, the  TREAT YO SELF die! HAHAHAHA! Isn’t that a hoot? LOVE IT! I cut 1/4″ strips of card stock and adhered them to the card base at an angle and ran the  TREAT YOU SELF die thru my die cutting machine…… Then I heat embossed it with some Hero Arts sparkle embossing powder and inlayed it into the negative spaced, popped up with some double sided dimensional tape. This die is seriously one of my favorites. Love it!

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  • Next up we have Christmas Scribbles. I stamped all the images with distress ink, spritzed the block with water and stamped!  Touched a damp paint brush to touch all of the presents and tree for a little more of a watercolor look. The sentiment and font is fantastic!

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  • This card is all dies.. Meet Home and Hearth, a set of 13 die cuts that compliment the Cozy Christmas stamp set… I ran the dies thru various sheets of Glitter paper and paired it with some fun distress ink techniques.

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  • Next up is Merry & Bright Handwritten, which is a set of 7 dies perfect for the holiday season. This die set also coordinates with the Merry & Bright stamp set…. I wanted to create an unconventional Christmas card so I die cut the sentiment dies with red cardstock, added that same Hero Arts sparkle embossing powder over the top and layered it over a panel I created using Bokeh Dots, a fabulous stamp set let me just tell you.

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  • Speaking of Merry & Bright, here’s a card I created using the cute little holly leaf and sentiment from the set! This set is filled with so many fun images and sentiments, you can go nuts with it.

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  • And lastly,  meet Twelve Days… Makes you want to break out in song, doesn’t it, lol!!! I couldn’t decide which image(s) to use, so I used them all!  I stamped the images, colored them with Copics (added some glossy accents here, wink of stella there) and framed it. Instant Christmas decoration….

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Before I get to the video, I have some giveaway fun for you! The new Twelve Days stamp set will go to one lucky winner!  Please leave a comment here on the blog by October 8th, winner will be announced October 9th!

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And here is the video showcasing the entire release along with the super duper organized package I was telling you about! You can watch it right here or over on my youtube channel in HD.

Alright, I’m done! I know. I am so sorry! I know you have lots of blogs to visit and I’m sorry this was so long! This release is just awesome and I couldn’t stop myself!!! Next up on the hop is fabulous JJ!!!!

Enjoy and happy World Card-making Day!

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Coffee and Donuts

I had so much fun playing along with the Coffee Lovers Blog hop on Monday! National Coffee Day has come and gone, but I’ll always be having my coffee… This morning, I had a cup of coffee along with a donut so yup, had to whip up this card….

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All Lawn Fawn goodies!!!! The supply list is linked blow so be sure and check it out. I love the paper kit and all the designs and colors… I watercolored in the images with my Inktense watercolor pencils and the party banner die is perfect for the card shape.

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Mama Elephant and Me Challenge: Anything Goes

It’s a big month over at Mama Elephant! They are turning 2 years old! Lots of celebrating will go on this month so be sure to follow them if you don’t already! Today it’s all about the Mama Elephant and Me October Challenge. Wow! October! Since there is so much partying going on over there this month, we decided ANYTHING GOES would be the perfect theme! So bring it! I got inky for this challenge and have to say I love the results….. Isn’t that city scape gorgeous? Hello Central Park…. I so want to go back to NYC! Badly.. I like to visit, not live there because I’m too lazy to walk everywhere, but I sure love visiting……. The background was inked up with distress inks and then I went over the stencil with water. Just plain ole’ H2O.


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The die was cut several times…… Inked up with the same distress inks and then I put a coating of glossy accents over the top. Look at the cityscape against the background. How cool is that. Is this something you would like to see a video tutorial on? Let me know in the comments…

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You have ALL MONTH to play along in the Mama Elephant and Me challenge so no excuses!!! Be sure to head on over to the challenge blog, see the rest of the design team projects and all the deets on how you can play along and what prize is up for grabs!

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Watercoloring with Crafters Companion Art Kure line

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I LOVE this stamp set by Crafters Companion! The entire Art Kure line is fantastic and perfect for watercoloring! I watercolored in this image with Tim Holtz Distress Inks after heat setting the black ink stamped image. After watercoloring the image and the wash of blue for the sky, I decided I had to add some snow and this Snowfall embossing folder was perfect! It is my all time favorite embossing folder from Crafters! I decided to go over the embossed snowflakes with some Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink for a finishing touch! I love watercoloring and this line of stamps and inks make it even easier!

Thanks for popping in today! See ya tomorrow! 🙂

Brrrrrr with AJVD

I am over on the AJVD (A Jillian Vance Design) blog today with a winter inspired theme. I was inspired by the stinkin’ Florida heat! WHEN will Fall arrive! I am ready for the weather to cool off!!! To see how I created this card, be sure to pop over there and check it out!

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Reverse Confetti New Release Blog Hop Time with VIDEO

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Well hello, REVERSE CONFETTI fans!  Today is release day and we are kicking it off with our new release blog hop.  Soon (sooner than soon, we hope) that crisp fall air, candy corn, and the smell of pumpkin spice will be upon us.  We couldn’t wait that long, so we’ve got some exciting new products with a fall flair to get you in the autumnal spirit a little early, along with another great everyday sentiment set and several versatile Confetti Cuts dies that we know you’ll “fall” head over heels for!

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The hop started over on the Reverse Confetti blog, and you should have made it here from Lisa’s blog. It would be worth your while to start at the beginning of the hop so you don’t miss a thing. We have tons of inspiration for you to see using all the new Reverse Confetti stamp sets and dies!

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I’ve got TWO projects to share with you today! The first one I’ve actually got a video to go along with it and at the end of the video, I show you the ENTIRE RELEASE products! You can watch the video right here or over on my youtube channel in HD! Here’s a close up of what I’ll be making in the video:

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I also wanted to show you a project using this incredible TREAT TOTE die! This is one of TWO dies available! They are incredible and my absolute favorite treat dies of all time!!!! I paired the Treat Tote up with the witch from Cast a Spell! Super fun and easy to do and so easy to mass produce for say, your kids treat bags for their class?

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I heat embossed the witch with some liquid platinum embossing powder and layer the TREATS die (that comes with the Treat Tote die set) over the top!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed hopping with us today. Be sure and hop with us on the 8th of EVERY MONTH for more REVERSE CONFETTI inspiration! Now it’s time to hop on over to Susan’s blog. If you get lost along the way, you can find the hop order and list of all the participating designers over on the Reverse Confetti blog.

A few things before you hop along though, just to keep you “in the know”…

September’s SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY is open for you to play along.  Click HERE for a chance to win.  AND, be on the lookout for a NEW COLOR challenge we will be introducing on September 16th and another way to win!

Celebrate the creative side of you!

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